Hmmmm... maybe I should sell all my machine! ;) Perhaps I'll aim for one free-form piece a year.
OMG, I just took a moment to read the full article from the Boston Globe... A hardwood flooring installer? Are you kidding me? Those guys should be banned from television on the home-imporovement channels. The first thing they do when they get a saw is take off the blade guard and splitter! Geez... I wonder what is going to happen next!
It is very unfortunate that people can't take responsibility for their actions, even more that the American courts reward such ignorance!
And don't think that Canada is free from such nonsense. It happens here too just not as frequently and hopefully for less ridiculous cases!
So, was this guy using the appropriate safety guards when he sliced his fingers off? Did he not have a choice when purchasing his saw, whether to get the SawStop or his inevitable meat grinder?
How many of the jurors were woodworkers?
I will be the first to admit that the SawStop is a great idea for anyone and an ever greater idea in shops with unskilled labourers. It is also a nice saw in general. However, since you are able to override the sensor, in order to cut green wood or conductive material such as non-ferrous metals, you would still be at the mercy of your own stupidity!
I have a 60 year old Delta Unisaw...
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